Hawaii is always a good idea and when it comes to family adventures and Maui is the spot that many will choose. A mix of laid back charm and active adventure, one week in Maui holds the potential for memory-making and family bonding around activities the whole family can get behind. Here are a few ways to capture the kids’ attention :
1. Get them to the Waters
With whales to watch (from shore or ship), boogie boards waiting to be mastered, surfing (traditional or kite) and even the call of a snorkel and turtle encounter in the open waters that surround, it’s impossible to visit Maui and not have the surrounding waters factor into your stay. Prefer your water enclosed? There are plenty of pools that will impress at properties across the island as well. The best options combine the two. Pick a hotel or resort that keeps you comfortable on the days you want little ones cooling down and offers you options for adventures off-property when you want something more. A good place to start: The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The service and luxury offerings are legendary but the kids will more likely be impressed with the “Kids for all Seasons” camp offerings and complimentary outings on the Outrigger canoes.
2. Expose them to the Culture
Sure you’re still in the United States but a visit to Hawaii always feels like you’ve ventured into an entirely different culture. Make the most of that feeling by exploring the local culture with the kids and going beyond simply picking up a grass skirt and coconut bra a the airport shop.
A stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel will help. Consistently referred to as Maui’s “most Hawaiian hotel” you’ll find everything from the history behind the popular Hawaiian hula to information on how the earliest Hawaiians sustained their families. Sit with your kids and learn to make a lei – the traditional hawaiian flower necklace – or simply wander the lawns and gardens in the relaxing atmosphere.
Kaanapali combines hotels that recognize that families want to travel together with authentic opportunities to gain insight and education into the Hawaiian culture. Make the most of it on your visit.
3. Take them away from the bright lights of the big city
The road to Hana, a hairpin turn driving route to the volcanoes on Maui, isn’t for the faint of heart but it is always rewarding. And when the hotel waiting at the end of the route is Travasaa Hana the rewards are doubled. Plantation style cottages make for a home-away-from-home feeling. And with everything from horseback riding to hiking and biking, there will be no question of whether it was worth the time in the car. Don’t leave without making the most of it with a sunset or sunrise venture up to Haleakala crater. The stunning views will last long after you leave.